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2.75 | 7 ratings

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2 stars Although I generally prefer ENBOR's debut to this second and final production, "Katebegiak" is likely to be of greater appeal for progressive fans if only because of its "side-long" title cut. Unfortunately, while this behemoth does sport some fine, and occasionally pseudo heavy guitars, melodic vocal parts, sprightly flutes, and the requisite adventurousness, it also has some disco style rhythms, and is somewhat distant, like an attractive individual who is difficult to get to know and love. It might be a case of the group being overly ambitious and failing to play to its strengths.

The sublime vocal harmonies that really made the self-titled album are virtually absent throughout the disk. The greater emphasis on the wind instruments and keyboards works best on "Neska Adiskidea", and is more than a little like ITOIZ circa "Ezekiel", while the closer "Agurra II" is probably the folkiest thing done by Enbor. Both point a way to a more unique sound less pressured by the somewhat obtuse jazz orientation which permeated the earlier part of the album.

Katebagiak is overall a slightly inferior package to the previous ENBOR album. I am going to round down from 2.5 stars, with the N.B that this is the more progressive of the two albums, but we all know that doesn't necessarily mean better.

kenethlevine | 2/5 |


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